Part time Operations Manager | Capability Jane

Part time Operations Manager

Part time Operations Manager, London, Social Venture

Company Background:
Global Parametrics is an exciting social venture with the ambitious goal of developing insurance-like products to help...

4 days a week
4 days a week | Central London
£55-65,000 FTE
Ref: JN-042017-2585

Part time Operations Manager, London, Social Venture

Company Background:
Global Parametrics is an exciting social venture with the ambitious goal of developing insurance-like products to help clients in low and middle income countries to manage the financial impacts associated with natural catastrophes. We are a science and data-driven company whose products and services aim to facilitate recovery among the poor and vulnerable after environmental disaster strikes. The company is building a diverse team, bringing together scientists, economists, insurance and finance specialists, software developers and quants who are all driven to develop innovative solutions with significant social impact. Global Parametrics’ investors are the Climate Insurance Fund supported by the German government, via BMZ and KfW, and the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID.)
Position Summary:
As a start-up firm, the executive management team of Global Parametrics requires a seasoned professional to support them in establishing rigorous financial management systems and processes, as well as to contribute to the execution of the day-to-day functioning of the company. The role also entails establishing best practice in related areas, such as HR, IT and policy development. This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced professional to contribute to the growth of a new company and facilitate its success, while broadening their own skill set and operational experience.
This position reports to the COO and has considerable scope for career development and financial industry exposure.
On a daily basis, the Operations Manager will respond to issues arising within the company that are associated with all of the corporate functions – Finance, IT, Communications, Human Resources, Legal and Facilities. Given the start-up nature of the firm, this is a hands-on role, including actual execution of the work in addition to overseeing and improving the associated processes and procedures.
The scope of work may include the following:

  • Plan and manage all financial and accounting processes to ensure timely production of accurate financial statements (in association with our external accountants)
  • Prepare monthly management reports, including budget-to-actual spreadsheets
  • Assist in the development of internal controls, standards and procedures for HR functions (hiring practices, employment terms and conditions, benefits oversight, etc.)
  • Review day-to-day financial transactions, including purchase orders, contractual commitments, and expenses.
  • Monitor and/or analyse cash flow and cash flow requirements (including treasury management and FX exposure)
  • Collaborate with external organizations and regulatory agencies to effectively execute oversight requirements established by banks, investors, the FCA
  • Maintain effective records of employment contracts, consulting contracts, and other third-party arrangements
  • Coordinate the annual audit
  • Interpret financial results for the management team
  • Implement cost controls

The Operations Manager must have a core of financial work experience, but will be able to expand their areas of expertise by contributing to the management of IT projects, facilities management and/or human resources systems. This expanded scope of responsibility would appeal to a finance professional looking to develop their managerial experience capabilities and move into a more generalist management role.
The experience, skills and qualifications we are looking for in a candidate are outlined below.
Professional Qualifications:

  • 5-10 years of progressive advancement in a finance role
  • Strong process development and experience gained with an established, well-respected organisation
  • Attention to detail and orderly approach to tasks
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, strong communicator
  • Part qualified accountant is ideal but not essential if relevant experience can be evidenced.
  • Exceptional time-management skills and comfortable switching among tasks as required in a start-up work environment
  • Excellent computer skills, particularly Excel and pivot tables, and the willingness to learn new computer applications as necessary
  • Proven ability to monitor and uphold high quality of service and products for both internal and external clients
  • Optional, but appreciated, experience of human resource practices and regulations associated with finance, such as corporate pension obligations

Personal Qualifications:

  • Able to think globally and work with various cultures/backgrounds
  • Demonstrated flexibility in adapting to a wide variety of tasks and functions
  • Appreciation of independence and collaborating with colleagues via a distributed/virtual workplace
  • Strong multi-tasking and prioritization skills with the ability to adapt to change
  • Demonstration of initiative and taking ownership for areas of responsibility
  • Strong commitment to excellence and attention to detail
  • Proven problem solver with solid analytical skills
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills to develop effective working relationships with staff, peers, and industry colleagues/contacts
  • Successful contributor to teamwork and building a positive work environment. Sense of humour very welcome!

If you perceive this role to be challenging and stimulating, and you are looking for a work environment with supportive colleagues and plenty of room to grow as a professional, then please contact us with a CV and introductory letter for the attention of Susan Forester